Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. v. Strava, Inc., No. 16-1475 (Fed. Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Strava sought inter partes reexamination of several claims of Icon’s 800 patent, entitled “Methods and Systems for Controlling an Exercise Apparatus Using a USB Compatible Portable Remote Device,” and disclosing “[a] portable system [that] retrieves one or more exercise programs from a remote communication system that provides motivational content for a user exercising upon an exercise mechanism.” During the reexamination, certain claims were cancelled, and others were added. An examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office found certain claims obvious over various prior art references. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board affirmed the Examiner’s rejection of all the pending claims as obvious, 35 U.S.C. 103(a). The Federal Circuit vacated in part, finding that the Board never made factual findings with a basis in the record or provided the requisite explanation to support its findings with respect to certain claims.